“All told we will feature beers from 32 breweries from around Indiana.” The tap list is posted at HopCat.com and www.facebook.com/hopcatbroadripple Knape reports Hop Cat has hired more than 130 employees with an investment of “more than $2.5 million into the restaurant, which will seat about 300 people.” Bar-height tables surround the oval mahogany bar, which dazzles with an array of tap handles. The family area is set apart. No one under 21 is allowed without a parent at any time. Along the olive green walls booths with royal red fabric heighten the oak wood flooring. Lighting is muted throughout. Expect pub food with locally sourced seasonal ingredients.
Across town at 2727 E. 86th St., within the Ironworks complex, Ruth’s Chris Steak House opens Aug. 18 with a 12-tap bar featuring brews from Triton, Bier, Flat 12, Tow Yard, Upland, Three Floyds and QuaffOn!. “Bach of Elijah,” a special-one-time Bourbon stout, was created by the Thr3e Wise Men brewing team using Ruth’s Chris own blend of Bourbon. Coming from Switzerland is an exclusive offering from Storm&Anchor, a relatively new brewery with a passion for hops and experimentation. Their one-of-a-kind batches are also at the downtown Ruth’s Chris.
August is IPA month. Flat 12 is featuring a very big Fuffet Double IPA with nine different hop varieties from across the globe creating complex tropical fruit, citrus, and pine notes in both the aroma and flavor. Triton’s Soul Crusher IPA made with Citra, Cascade and “a couple other awesome hops” doubles as homage to GenCon.
Thr3e Wise Men Klinsmann’s Revenge is a refreshing German Pilsner
Union Brewery & Cutters collaboration Hardin Hoppy Wheat is an easy-drinking American wheat brewed with white wheat, red wheat, 2 row and pilsen; hopped with simcoe, falconers flight, amarillo.
Bloomington Brewing Company Dubbel Entendre is packed with flavors of honey, bubble gum and clove, and Benedictine Belgian IPA with German, English and American Cascade hops has floral and earthy flavors.
On hand for BBC’s Loesch Farm Cascade hop harvest was Shadow, born under July’s full moon.
“Her mother died just after the birth so Shadow has become our resident farmhand,” reports BBC’s Robin Lasek. “We will be using the just harvested “wet hops” in our annual Homegrown Ale, to be available in BBC’s Lennie’s brewpub around Labor Day.
The Sinking Ship, 6:30-10 p.m. Triton Tap Takeover featuring some Usua-ales, Specialties and a “Barrel Experiment!”
Sun King taps the winning named “Froth of Khan” as the Official Beer of Gen Con at the west block of Georgia Street as the kick-off to the "Best Four Days in Gaming," 5-10 p.m.
WAMM Festival in Greenwood, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. www.wammfest.com
Dig IN~A Taste of Indiana at White River State Park. digindiana.org
Vevay, IN Bavarian Beer Bash Home Brew Competition is open to all home-brewers. Entries due Sept. 20, Judging Sept. 28.
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